blog del 1r ESO E de l'IES Ramon Llull

2.en.15. February outing to La Caixa: Folklore, Griots, storytelling and Senegal. Homework

Folklore: The traditional beliefs, myths, tales, and practices of a people, transmitted orally.

Every culture has its own traditions and folklore. In fact, if we investigate the origin of the word folklore, we’ll learn that it is derived from folklore. This word revived folk in a modern sense of “of the common people, whose culture is handed down orally”.

In the first term, with Emili, in your Spanish lessons you talked about popular traditions and celebrations in Majorca. In Catalan lessons, Bernat has already told you some stories, Rondaies, which are part of the oral tradition of the Balearic islands, handed down from one generation to another.

This month, we’ll go on an outing to La Caixa to take part in a workshop about folklore in Senegal, and in March we’ll have the opportunity to learn more about music and traditions in another African country, Morocco.

In this first outing, we shall learn the importance of storytelling in Senegalese culture, and why the the GRIOTS, professional storytellers, play such a major role in the transmission of values and traditions.

In order to prepare this outing, we’ll do different activities connected with Senegal to find out information about its geography, population, religion and floklore.

In this video you’ll be able to listen to some traditional Senegalese music played by a Griot, to keep you going while you answer the questions.

  1. How big is Africa? Find out the size in square km and compare it with the size of Europe.
  2. Where is Senegal?
  3. What are the bordering countries of Senegal?
  4. How big is it? Compare it with two other African countries and with Spain.
  5. What is its population? Compare it with the population of Spain.
  6. What is the climate like?
  7. What about its geography? Are there any high mountains?
  8. Can you name a tree which is associated with this country?
  9. When did Senegal become independent?
  10. What is/are the official languages?
  11. What is the main religion?
  12. What is Tiébou Dienn ?
  13. What is a boubou?
  14. Where is Dakar?
  15. What can you find in the island of Gorée?
  16. Who was Léopold Senghor?
  17. What’s the gross domestic product of Senegal? Compare it with the gross domestic product of Spain.
  18. Can you name a musical instrument from Senegal other than the Kora  you saw in in the video?
  19. Can you name any famous musician from Senegal?

Homework: Senegal web race

This time it is not a Paris Dakar race, but a web race to see how long it takes you to answer this set of questions. Deadline  will be next Friday. Rules: One person, one answer. Follow the order, and correct  mistakes if you discover any in previous answers. Part of the homework is copying the whole set of answers by Thursday, so we’ll be able to correct it together on Friday. Maybe you’ll surprise me and you’ll have finished  everything by Tuesday, let’s see. As usual, post your answers to the blog.


Apart from wikepedia, you can visit the following sites:

This site has information about other African countries, but the part about Senegal is interesting and easy to understand:

Some short videos of Senegal. This site is in French:

Some interesting pictures about dances in Senegal:

Good sites in English:

An interesting site to find out about slavery and Senegal:

1 febrer 2010 Posted by | blog quest, música, sortides | , , | 33 comentaris

2.en.14. Our work is never over. News from 1eso E bloggers from the gossip fairy

As you know, our work is never over, is not just a line from a song by Daft Punk, but something that is true; when learning a language, you never get to  know everything. I have visited your blogs over the weekend and I learnt a lot of things. So, here follows gossip about our bloggers and some questions for everyone. This is a gossip section in ENGLISH, so your answers must be in English.

  1. Aina is a GOB activist, she stands up for  environmental issues. What did they protest against?
  2. Sara loves dancing. I’ll ask her to do a demostration for us. What kind of dance did she post? Have you already voted in her survey section? I cannot do it, I’m a teacher.
  3. Gabriel makes a list of his favourite songs; amazingly some bands from the 70’s are among his favourites. I will follow his suggestions and use Daft Punk to teach you comparatives. What is the song in the first position of his ranking?
  4. Lukas is on his way to become our 1st ESO E “Gordie”, he announces he’ll write a story in his blog…  but has not started so far! What are the genres he suggests?
  5. Guillem, gives us instructions on how to become a Ninja! Nothing violent and rather humourous. Part of the training includes catching objects with chopsticks. Watch the video and let’s see if you can think of any other instructions?
  6. Claudia helps us to see a nice view of Palma without moving from home. Which part of Palma can you see?
  7. Xisco never forgets his training sessions. Which sport does he play?
  8. Judith is a technoaholic and keeps us informed of the latest gadgets. Which gadget is it?
  9. Tatiana is a bit behind on her  series “School Ties”. When was her last post?
  10. Jilin is interested in Astrology. What is the name of a huge planet with rings?
  11. Lovepreet and Miguel Angel know a lot about perfumes, can you guess why?
  12. Pep Toni’s blog is so full of interesting information that I do not know what to choose. Thanks to it, I learnt that there had been an earthquake in Palma. Did you notice it? I didn’t. I was fast asleep.

Here follows Gabriel’s suggestion. It’s great to learn how to compare things in English and to give orders too.

“Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger”

Work It
Make It
Do It
Makes Us
More Than
Work is
Over [x2]

Work It Harder Make It Better
Do It Faster, Makes Us stronger
More Than Ever Hour After
Our Work Is Never Over

Homework: answer the 12 questions and post your answers to the blog.

Extra work on comparatives. If you are not sure about your ability to compare things, you can watch this video and do these on line exercises:

30 gener 2010 Posted by | blog quest, deures, on-line exercicis, video activity, vocabulari | , , | 17 comentaris

¿Comeremos cerdos sin dolor? (encuesta)

¿Habéis oído hablar de los animales clonados, de la posibilidad de elegir el sexo o el color de los ojos de los hijos antes de nacer, o de usar las células madre con fines terapeúticos? Todo esto y mucho más tiene que ver con la Bioética, una rama de la Ética que se dedica a debatir los límites que deben tener la investigación y los avances de la Biología.
Los problemas derivados de la contaminación generada por la industria carnívora ha llevado a plantear una solución alternativa a la dieta vegetariana comentada unos posts atrás: la creación de animales sin dolor. Por ejemplo, el pensador norteamericano Adan Shiver propone la modificación genética de los animales de granja para evitar que sientan dolor.
El escritor Julian Baggini va todavía más lejos y propone en su libro El cerdo que quería ser jamón una modificación genética que despierte en los cerdos el deseo de convertirse en alimento humano, a base de alterar su instinto natural de supervivencia .

De eso va la encuesta que tenéis a la derecha, y que debéis contestar cuanto antes.

2 Novembre 2009 Posted by | blog quest | , | 7 comentaris

semàfors, semáforos, Ampeln traffic lights and their green and red little men

Bernat’s posts are really fascinating and intriguing.   On the 17th he wandered  if the little green and red men in the traffic lights got on well and he wrote “Jo crec que no es deuen dur gaire bé entre ells, perquè no estan mai plegats: quan apareix el vermell, el verd s’apaga, i viceversa”

I have found evidence that Bernat’s guesses were right. Watch this video of a  fight.

Who wins the fight?

What is the name that appears at the end?

Do you like it?

A new language has sneaked in our page. Who will find it?

Traffic Light Males

18 Octubre 2009 Posted by | blog quest, video activity | , , | 17 comentaris

Latest news from Portland, Molly’s city

Beer, pizza, music and Portland spirit, all on one bike!! The real party bike.

click on the link if you want to know more. Do you think it is a good idea?



13 Octubre 2009 Posted by | blog quest, noticies | , , , | 4 comentaris